This course is for MSc or PhD students of applied physics or biomedical engineering. The course is a sequel to our BSc-level BECS-C2102 Electricity and magnetism; the BSc course covered statics and fundamentals of the theory, while this course deals with time-varying EM field. A BSc-level field theory course is thus a mandatory prerequisite before joining our jolly crowd.
After taking the course, the student is
Derive wave equations for electromagnetic fields and potentials
Solve plane wave problems in vacuum and medium
Describe and explain theoretical principles and properties of
Solve waveguide problems
Characterize and explain the electromagnetic field produced by
Solve simple radiation problems
Tell about numerical methods used in the study of
Read advanced literature on electromagnetic theory.
The course book is Griffiths' Introduction to electrodynamics. We'll start from Chapter 8.
We build the course on continuous active working; doing the homework starting from the first week is essential. We plan the teaching and content assuming that an average participant spends around 10 to 12 active hours per week on this course throughout the semester. Please keep us updated, if this amount of work is not taking you anywhere.
The exercises contribute substantially to the grading: My suggestion is that the exam is worth 24p, exercises 9p and essays 3p (we will fix these numbers at the lecture). The essays are mandatory and they need to be accepted before enrolling to the exam.
Guide for exam
Lectures, exercises, essays (including FDTD)
Griffiths (based on 3rd Edition; I will update, if 4th edition has important differences): 8. Conservation laws: 8.1; in addition, 8.2.1 at conceptual level 9. Electromagnetic waves: all; 9.4.3 only basic concepts 10. Potentials and fields: all; 10.3.2 only basic concepts and results 11. Radiation: 11.1; in addition, 11.2.1 at conceptual level
"at conceptual level" means that you should grasp the basic concepts of physics and their meaning, but you are not expected to know the exact forms of equations or so. If you need to calculate something from a really nasty equation, we will help you started... But, please, remember the Maxwell equations correctly. :)